Patient Care Assistant/Technician Diploma
Expanding the traditional role of a nursing assistant, Kaplan College's Patient Care Assistant/Technician Diploma program is designed to help prepare you for employment as a cross-trained nursing assistant known as a Patient Care Technician (PCT). This program offers a broad foundation of knowledge and skills, and can also provide supplemental training if you were previously, or are currently, employed in the following roles:
- Health care technician
- Patient care assistant
- Nursing aide/orderly
- Home health aide
- Electrocardiograph aide
- Allied health assistant
Patient Care Assistant/Technician Duties
As a patient care assistant/technician, your duties may include assisting with the care of outpatients and inpatients with a variety of diseases, injuries, or neurological or orthopedic problems. You may help patients walk to and from therapy with a gait belt, set up equipment for patient treatments, assist with community outings, and perform a variety of other duties.
Our specialized curriculum at Kaplan College in San Diego, CA is designed to help prepare you to seek entry-level employment in several areas of patient care. Coursework includes:
- Patient care assisting
- Rehab concepts and functional mobility
- Rehab diagnoses and intervention
- Mental health services
In addition, the program includes an externship to further strengthen your hands-on working knowledge in this field.